Newsletter for week of July 31 - August 7

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Click here to follow along with the latest plans for worship amid the coronavirus concerns.


Join us this Sunday at 11AM for our Worship Live Broadcast through Livestream & radio.

Cort Gatliff, MDiv preaches.

His sermon title is "The Return of the King – 9: How Firm A Foundation - Moorings Amid A Pandemic."

The scriptures include Psalm 110 and Acts 1:1-11.

Click here for the bulletin that contains the words to all of the songs, scripture and more to help you follow along!

Not sure how to continue giving when you can't drop your gift in the offering plate?

You can give online! Click here to learn how!


THE COFFEE POT CLASS RETURNS - This summer, our Coffee Pot Class is going virtual! You’re invited to join the SHPC church community on Zoom each Sunday at 9:30am as we study through the Apostles’ Creed together. While we won’t be able to enjoy fellowship and food in person, our hope is that this will be a fun new way to connect with one another and learn about the foundations of our faith during uncertain times. Click the link below to join the Zoom meeting. See you there!

* Coffee Pot Class Sunday School

- Click here to download the Week 9 Discussion Guide

- Click here to read Chapter 9

- Meeting at 9:30am via Zoom

- Click here to join

- Meeting ID: 880 3542 4249

- Password: 573647

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (312) 626-6799

- Questions: Contact Daniel Killilea

Other Classes meeting this week:

* Upper Room Sunday School

- Meeting at 9:15am via Zoom

- Beginning a new study book - Devotional Classics

- Click this link to join -

- Meeting ID: 412 836 016

- Password: 167127

- You can connect using your phone for audio only by calling (646) 558-8656 or (301) 715-8592

- Questions: Contact Bill Stribling

* Connected in Christ

- Join by browser, smartphone or tablet:

- Join by phone - 1-650-215-5226 United States Toll

- Access code: 147 988 080

- Questions: Contact Don Miley

STAYING CONNECTED - It's important to stay connected and to check on each other during this time apart. Did you know that there is an updated church directory on our website? We update it each month with the latest phone numbers, addresses, etc. All SHPC members can access it... you just have to set up an account. To keep your info protected, we do require that everyone create an account and then we must approve it. After it's approved, you can login anytime to find out how to get in touch with your friends that you miss seeing each Sunday! Click here to find it. If you have an account, login and get started! If you don't, click "Not a member? Register" and follow the steps. Please allow 24 hours for us to approve your account. We check each one to verify it with your phone number and email address on file. If you have any trouble, contact Suzanne Cornett. If you need a printed copy, contact Brenda Keith.



10:00AM - Tuesday Talkers

Since in person gatherings at church may not happen for several more weeks, please join us for an informal gathering at McCallum Park in Vestavia. Bring a folding chair and a mask and plan to catch up with friends for an hour or so. Click here to sign up so the organizers know to expect you.

8:30PM - Men's Softball vs Shades Slammers at Hoover East


10:00AM - Friday Friends

Since in person gatherings at church may not happen for several more weeks, please join us for an informal gathering at McCallum Park in Vestavia. Bring a folding chair and a mask and plan to catch up with friends for an hour or so. Click here to sign up so the organizers know to expect you.


STAIR NEEDS YOU - Our STAIR program is shifting to work with children from Glen Iris - no more it’s-too-far excuses! It’s in SHPC’s zip code. We will have a larger program and need more tutors. All STAIR tutoring will be done online or by phone this fall. While we hope to return to in-person tutoring sometime this year, you can be there for a Glen Iris first or second grade student thanks to virtual tutoring. We have a wonderful curriculum and lots of training in preparation for this. If virtual tutoring scares you, check out the training! We will need even more tutors when we go back into the classroom, so the prep won’t be wasted. In the meantime, you can watch a recording of our Virtual Volunteer Open House from earlier this month . This will give you the chance to hear from tutors, a STAIR parent, and staff about virtual tutoring and what to expect this coming year. Questions? Look into or check with Lu Mahon - (205) 879-4157 or

FEED MY SHEEP UPDATE: Thank you so much for your on-going support of the Feed My Sheep Ministry. Every other week our neighbors in need may receive a 24-pound bag of groceries. On Wednesday, two of our neighbors told us that we were the only ministry that allows them walk up and receive groceries. For the elderly who are not able to leave their homes during this pandemic, we are delivering groceries - about 14 bags each week. You are part of this ministry by your prayers and/or gifts. Again, thank you from your Feed My Sheep Ministry Team, Sue Keith, Lil Browning, Kevin Hubbard, and Ernie!

CHURCH-WIDE STUDY COMING THIS FALL: "Six Marks of a Disciple" is a study coordinated with the sermon series. It includes SHPC staff-created videos for weekly small group discussions. It is a great way for us to be “together” while we are apart. Small groups are forming soon so watch for the sign-ups. We need facilitators to manage weekly small groups for this 6-week study beginning week of September 7. Facilitators can choose meeting day, time, and “socially distant” style(s). Please contact Kathy Tracey by August 7 at (205) 903-1970 or

YOUTH MINISTRY UPDATE: We continue to meet over Zoom on Sunday evenings from 5:00 - 6:00pm, with connection information shared on the SHPC Youth GroupMe, Remind app, and the SHPC Parents and Guardians Facebook Group (please be sure you receive communication from at least one of those). We’re playing games and looking at the book Dear Mr. Rogers to gain insights into one of our most famous Presbyterians and discuss how we communicate with one another. Youth Council applications are still open for the South Highland Youth Council (open to rising 7th-12th graders) and the Presbytery Youth Council (open to rising 11th & 12th graders). This Sunday is the last Sunday for girls (rising 7th-12th graders) to sign up for a Girls’ Bible Study led by Jessica Killilea and Grace Graffeo. Contact Daniel directly if interested in either of those! Youth Sunday will be rescheduled to the online-only broadcast of August 16. Parents and youth should have received instructions already, so please look over that and respond as requested!

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY UPDATE: We are in the midst of preparing a new atrium for the Level ll children (ages 6-9). We need your help with all kinds of goodies you might have found in the midst of your pandemic spring cleaning. We are looking for baskets of any size, smaller wooden boxes, coffee tables, end tables, picture books of Israel and books about life at the time of Jesus. Also needed, and highly valued—carpenters, painters, artists of any kind, seamstresses and pairs of willing hands. Many of these tasks can be completed at home. Please contact Katya at 205-873-0039 or if you are able to help in any way!!


HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Jimmy Brown and family at the death of his sister Patricia Brown on July 23.

HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Jessica Killilea and family at the death of her grandfather Don Wolford on July 26.


SUNDAY CLUB UPDATE - We are not meeting yet, but you can help bridge this gap to provide good food for our folks by doing the following:

1. Make a casserole;

2. Bring prepackaged snacks like Little Debbie’s, chips, crackers etc.;

3. Bring fresh fruit (that does NOT need refrigeration) such as apples, oranges, and bananas, etc.

Clearly mark any donations with a label that reads “Sunday Club” and deliver them to the SHPC kitchen. We are sharing some food from the Feed My Sheep ministry each Wednesday with our friends in two Norwood boarding homes. (There are approximately 12 folks at each house.) We would love to add a few “extras” like those mentioned above. Our friends are delighted to receive whatever we donate and are very grateful. I know I can count on so many of you who like to cook! Thanks so much for helping us! Questions? Contact Genie Deason at

SUNDAY CLUB MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED - SUNDAY CLUB MEETINGS WILL RESUME as soon as possible. If you or a group with which you are associated would like to help provide a meal to our Sunday Club folks, let us know! If you’d like to be a part of this ministry there is much need. I’m praying for a Co-leader in scheduling and seeking program providers. There is someone in this fellowship who has one or all of these gifts: administration, encouragement and helps. You are needed! I don’t intend to be the sole administrator of during 2020, but definitely want to stay involved and help train you, if you feel led to help in this ministry. Please prayerfully consider what you could do. Please contact Genie Deason at or Rob Staffen at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Can you spare 4 hours a day, once or twice a month? The church office is in need of smiling faces to help greet people coming into the church and answering the telephone. If you would like an opportunity to brighten someone’s day, please call Brenda Keith at 205-933-0790 or email at to volunteer.

SHOP or the South Highland Outreach Project is developing a faith-based mental health model for the Birmingham Faith community. We are currently outgrowing our space in the Builder’s classroom and recently approved a 3-year strategic plan to help meet our community’s needs. We meet every Tuesday from 9am - 12pm and would love to share our future with you through volunteering or leading a topic for the day with helpful information to our participants. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

WNL KITCHEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Do you have a desire to step out of your comfort zone and volunteer for a cause, a group of people, for your faith or any other heartfelt reason? WNL Kitchen Ministry is a great place to start! We are in dire need of additional volunteers to join us. Two individuals are needed each Wednesday evening during the WNL season to help set up, serve and clean up during the Wednesday dinners in the Davis Family Hall. The time commitment for this ministry is minimal and the schedule is flexible. Explore your heart and see where the spirit may lead you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Hayslip (205-329-3330 or

SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY HELP NEEDED - We want to continue to give our paid workers some time off. If you can help out in the nursery, contact Elsa Holaday at (205) 903-8192

EVANGELISM TEAM - Are you aware that South Highland has an Evangelism Team? Its purpose is to equip ourselves to better share our faith by speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ; to develop and improve our relationships with God, with other members of our Church, and with people outside our Church; and to do a better job of making disciples of Christ. Interested? If so, speak to one of our pastors or Mark Stephens.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFOThere have been several times at South Highland when the church has not been able to contact family or friends in an emergency or times of illness. Please fill out this form to provide emergency information for our database.


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